On the weekend, with thanks to Rolfe Classic MINI Garage, we were granted some time in a brand new MINI Coupé John Cooper Works.
They’ve taken the best bits from the JCW hatch, stiffened the chassis a bit and removed the rear seats to provide a two-seater with more boot space than the donor car. It’s an odd mix, like MINIs often are, yet on our first sample it all seems to work. Assuming, of course, you fit the very narrow niche this car is suitable for.
The dealer has promised more time in the car, so we’ll save any in depth thoughts for a week or two. As a teaser, though, BMW/MINI have developed their controversial run flat tyres to a stage that you could almost call them forgiving. Indeed, the grip and compliance offered at the front wheels by the oddly styled Coupé really was a delight.
We can’t wait for another drive.